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Samuel Petrequin

Samuel Petrequin is an author at Religion News Service.

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Belgian bishops propose prayer for gay couples, not marriage

By Samuel Petrequin and Nicole Winfield — September 20, 2022
ROME (AP) — Belgian bishops said their proposal is part of their church’s effort to be more responsive to its gay members and to “create a climate of respect, recognition and integration,” citing Pope Francis’ call for the church to be more welcoming to gays.

Gritty cult director Ferrara gets religion in ‘Padre Pio’

By Nicole Winfield — August 26, 2022
(AP) – Director Abel Ferrara's new project starring Shia LaBeouf pays homage to Padre Pio, the mystic Capuchin monk best known for having displayed the “stigmata” wounds of Christ.

Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church

By Nicole Winfield — August 11, 2022
(AP) – Pope Francis welcomed another group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church on Wednesday, in a move that church leaders said "brought their guests hope."

Pope to Kazakhstan Sept. 13-15, may meet Russia patriarch

By Nicole Winfield — August 1, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis and Kirill, who had a first historic encounter in Havana in 2016, have spoken by video call at least once since the war began.

Vatican says they’re gifts; Indigenous groups want them back

By Nicole Winfield — July 21, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Indigenous groups from Canada, who were shown a few items in the collection when they traveled to the Vatican last spring to meet with Francis, question how some of the works were actually acquired and wonder what else may be in storage after decades of not being on public display.

Vatican closes London property sale at a loss after scandal

By Nicole Winfield — July 1, 2022
ROME (AP) — The scandal over the London property has convulsed the Vatican for three years and prompted Pope Francis to strip the secretariat of state of its 600-million-euro asset portfolio, which had essentially operated as a sovereign wealth fund not answerable to rigorous internal or external controls.

Pope appoints first cardinal from Amazon rainforest

By By Fabiano Maisonnave and Nicole Winfield — July 1, 2022
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There is a religious lens through which to see the acute environmental struggles playing out in the region.

Vatican releases pope’s Canada itinerary, a sign trip is on

By Nicole Winfield and Rob Gillies — June 23, 2022
ROME (AP) — The publication of the itinerary was delayed for nearly two weeks, leading to speculation Francis might be forced to cancel traveling to Canada as he did his before a planned July 2-7 pilgrimage to Africa.

Ancient home, prayer room open at Rome’s Baths of Caracalla

By Nicole Winfield — June 23, 2022
ROME (AP) — The site today is a big tourist draw for the multi-leveled brick remains of the Imperial Roman baths, libraries and gyms and the marble mosaics that decorated the floors.

Belgian bishop declines cardinal honor over abuse record

By Nicole Winfield — June 17, 2022
(AP) — Ghent Bishop Luc Van Looy had asked Francis for permission to decline the honor in order “to not harm victims again,” and Francis accepted the request, the bishops said in a statement.

Pope cracks down on new Catholic religious start-ups

By Nicole Winfield — June 15, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis issued a new decree that requires prior Vatican approval for bishops to erect new associations of the faithful, often the first step in the creation of a new apostolic society or institute of consecrate life.

Pope creates, staffs committee to guide future investments

By Nicole Winfield — June 7, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announced the first appointments Tuesday under his newly reformed Vatican bureaucracy, tapping a trusted cardinal and outside financial experts to serve on a new investment committee. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who leads the Vatican’s laity office and is also the “camerlengo” who runs the Vatican in between pontificates, will head […]

Vatican’s Pius XII archives begin to shed light on WWII pope

By Nicole Winfield — June 7, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A new book, citing recently opened Vatican archives, suggests the lives the Vatican worked hardest to save were Jews who had converted to Catholicism or were children of Catholic-Jewish 'mixed marriages'.

Cardinal: Pope ordered auditor to resign over spying charge

By Nicole Winfield — May 19, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Angelo Becciu testified Wednesday that it was Francis who ordered the ouster of the Holy See’s auditor-general.

Vatican foreign minister to visit Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

By Nicole Winfield — May 17, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Archbishop Paul Gallagher's trip comes as the Holy See toes a delicate line in trying to keep alive newly improved ties with the Russian Orthodox Church while offering support to the “martyred” Ukrainian faithful.
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